Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Vampire Diaries Season 3 "The Birthday" Recap

"THE BIRTHDAY"--LtoR: Joseph Morgan as Klaus, David Gallagher as Ray, and Paul Wesley as Stefan on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES on The CW. Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CW ©2011 The CW Network.  All Rights Reserved.
 Vampire Diaries has returned and with it vampires, werewolves, hybrid wolf/vampires, long distant witches, and apparently now ghosts.  Does this now cover every being in the supernatural world? 

It's Elena's birthday but things aren't looking too good for her.  She has lost her Aunt, her boyfriend is under the power of Klaus, and her brother is seeing ghosts and has turned to drugs to cope.

Stefan is not only under the power of Klaus but he seems to be enjoying it.  He has gone back to his "Ripper" days.  Elena has spent her summer tracking down leads and handing them off to Damon.  Stefan's trail of kills seem to travel across the country but they all seem to be in search of other werewolves that Klaus can turn into hybrids like himself.  In enters poor Ray, not only have the lovely girls he has been living with just been literally torn to pieces but he is now being used as a human dartboard.  To make it even worse?  The darts are coated in wolfsbane.

"THE BIRTHDAY "--LtoR: Matt Davis as Alaric, Nina Dobrev as Elena, and Ian Somerhalder as Damon on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES on The CW. Photo: Quantrell D. Colbert/The CW ©2011 The CW Network. All Rights Reserved.Caroline and Tyler have spent their summer living as pseudo best friends but the tension is rising and something is going to have to change quick.  Jeremy is seeing ghosts, and not just any ghosts but old ex-girlfriends Vicki and Anna.  In a marijuana haze Jeremy and Matt bond and Jeremy shares his new affliction. 

Caroline throws Elena an over the top birthday party which seems to not accomplish much besides finally pushing Alaric over the edge and making Caroline so jealous of Tyler and his date that they finally hook up. 

Klaus makes Stefan convince Damon to stop following them.  Stefan compels Damon's "girlfriend" Andie to fall to her death.  Damon loses it and finally tells Elena whats going on, which of course she doesn't want to believe. 

"THE BIRTHDAY "--Candice Accola as Caroline and Michael Trevino as Tyler on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES on The CW. Photo: Annette Brown/The CW ©2011 The CW Network. All Rights Reserved.Klaus makes Ray drink his blood and begins what seems to be a hybrid army he is building.  Stefan breaks down in the parking lot and calls Elena on a blocked number.  He says nothing but Elena assures him on the other end that “ I love you Stefan. Hold on to that. Never let that go.”  Caroline ends up being shot with vervain darts by Mrs. Lockwood while doing the walk of shame out of Tyler's bedroom. 

  My Thoughts... I am going to be honest, I kind of enjoy evil Stefan.  Maybe it's because I always thought he was a bit whiny and not quite manly enough.  But really the main reason is I am still rooting for Damon and Elena to get together and there is a better chance if Stefan isn't around.  Damon's hair is a bit too long, it is bordering on mulletness.  I'm all for this new Tyler and Caroline thing, way better then constantly hearing Matt whine all the time.  (Which actually hasn't stopped, there were plenty of scenes with him whining in this episode as well.)  Is Bonnie gone?  Like not in the show anymore?  I always feel like they do the phone chats like that when someone isn't really on the cast anymore. 

What were your thoughts?

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